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Neat Garden Idea

Written by Hilary on May 28th, 2006


Whenever I see something different, creative, or new, I like to share it with everyone. This weekend, I saw a very creative topiary. A large bird, a chicken, using a hammmer!

It was really cute and quite large. It was about 4.5 feet tall and had a nice assortment of plants used to get it started.

On the back, for the “tail feathers” they used ornamental grasses, like Phormium. The back used the ground cover Erodium, and the head had succulents.

You could easily do the same thing. You wouldn’t have to make the topiary that large, and you could choose your own plants to make your chicken how ever you wanted, and unique to your tastes. Maybe some varieties of festuca for the tail feathers, a different variety of succulent for the head, and choose just about any vine or ground cover you can think of to fill in the body.

I think some Cerastium, or “Snow in Summer” mixed with different kinds of flowering Thyme might be kind of neat.

Anyway, I thought you might like to get a new idea. For other ideas for use of annual color, be sure to read this month’s feature article in Weekend Gardener Web Magazine.


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